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Circling Raven earns ‘Golfweek’s Best Resort Courses’ distinction

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort amenity continues to shine as 2021 begins; Idaho golf club set for stellar year

(Worley, Idaho; January 11, 2021) – Circling Raven Golf Club enjoyed a banner year in 2020, posting record numbers, garnering several new or improved course accolades, giving back to the local golf community, and announcing it will host the Circling Raven Championship, a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event this coming August.

If its start to 2021 is any indication, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe-owned property is poised for another successful season – Circling Raven earned high marks from Golfweek course raters and is subsequently included in its annual “Best 200 Resort Courses” compilation.

“We’re gratified to join iconic properties like Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes on the list of most highly regarded stay-and-play venues in America,” said Laura Penney, CEO of Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel. “There are more than 14,000 golf courses in the country; to be one of the Top 200 is a status we work hard to achieve and maintain annually.”

Circling Raven

To come up with its list, hundreds of Golfweek course raters evaluate courses nationwide and score them based on 10 criteria, including routing, memorability of holes, greens and surrounds, conditioning and ecology, and tree and landscape management.

This is the latest accolade Golfweek has bestowed upon Circling Raven. Last year, it rated the Gene Bates-designed 18-hole layout one of the nation’s top casino courses and one of the best playing venues in Idaho, a state filled with exceptional golf options.

Located approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG), Circling Raven measures 7,189 yards from the rear tees. Many who play Circling Raven, which includes a nationally honored retail shop and the excellent Twisted Earth restaurant with bar, claim it as an immediate member of their all-time best golf experiences in the west.

The course and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel will host the Circling Raven Championship (Aug. 23-29, 2021), a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event, through which top women professional golfers compete to qualify for the LPGA Tour.

As part of its mission to give back to the game, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe has granted two exemptions to the Circling Raven Championship – to Gabby Lemieux, a Native American and member of the Symetra Tour who is from Idaho; and to Allyn Stephens, a Houston teenager who won the Notah Begay III Junior Golf Championship in the girls 14-18 age group. Begay is a Native American, and he and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe have aligned missions to support and provide opportunities for young people through the game.

Spring stay-and-play packages are now available. The following rates are good until May 23, 2021, and include golf for two, golf cart with GPS, use of the 25-acre Practice Facility, and a one-night stay at the award-winning resort:

Mountain Lodge
Monday – Thursday | $249
Friday – Sunday | $279

Spa Tower
Monday – Thursday | $279
Friday – Sunday | $319

Additional rounds may be added to packages:
Monday – Thursday | $79 per person
Friday – Sunday | $89 per person

For more information about Circling Raven and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, visit or 800-523-2464.

About Circling Raven Golf Club and Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel
Owned and operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Circling Raven is in the scenic Idaho panhandle approximately 55 minutes from Spokane International Airport (GEG). Measuring 7,189 yards from the rear tees, the 18-hole layout sprawls magnificently through 620 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and Palouse grasses. Its gleaming white sand bunkers are large and strategically placed and its hole variety ingenious. The course will host the Circling Raven Championship – for three years beginning in August 2021 – a Symetra “Road to the LPGA” Tour event.

Other Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel amenities and activities include the full-service Spa Ssakwa’q’n (pronounced Sock-wock-en); 300 hotel rooms; bars, restaurants, lounges, and eateries; cultural immersion options; and more. The casino completed a $15 million renovation of its gaming floor and Events Center in 2019.  Circling Raven has garnered numerous best-in-kind honors since opening, including being rated a Top 100 Resort Course, Best in State, and a Top U.S. Casino Course. Its golf shop has won national and regional awards for its excellence and its variety of products, displays, and performance.

Dan Shepherd,, 703-403-5317
Yvette Matt,, 208-500-9989